Congratulations! Here you are on this journey and you are at the point where you are ready to take a closer look. One way to do this is to start writing you ideas down. As Christine Richardson in ‘You can create an exceptional life’ says ‘writing can be a wonderful way to access wisdom and insight.’ She is a writer that I love and has also written ‘Life Makeovers’. If your like me, your daily journal will become one of your most treasured possessions. I take mine everywhere. In this post we are going to talk about your daily journal and how to use it as part of your reflective process. Then we will talk about the what, why and how of reflective journal writing.
YOUR DAILY JOURNAL
Your daily journal is a way to capture your ideas and thoughts. It provides an opportunity to be critical and analyse these thoughts and ideas The Oxford Dictionary says that ‘a journal is a daily record of news and events of a personal nature; a diary’. Pretty simple right?
WHAT IS A REFLECTIVE JOURNAL?
So as far as this part of our journey is concerned ‘what is a reflective journal?’ A reflective journal is a place where you record significant events in your life at this time. Reflective being – relating to or characterised by deep thought. A reflective journal then is a place where I record significant events in my life. It is the place where these events or ideas can be thought about in more in-depth.
A place for my daily reflections! I have been keeping a journal now for 10 years or more. I originally started my journal after reading Cheryls book ‘Life Makovers’. In the first chapter she asks you to write down 25 things that you are proud of. She suggests you to write them down in a journal. I really struggled with this, writing stuff that I thought I had done well or was proud of. I felt so uncomfortable. I keep a journal because it is the only place where I can be absolutely and totally honest about everything I am thinking and feeling. We all know ho
w hard it is to find a place of absolute safety in our very full lives.
A personal journal is an ideal environment in which to ‘BECOME”. It is the perfect place for you to think, feel, discover, expand, remember and dream – Brad Wilcox
What does this quote mean to you? How does it make you feel? Do you get a sense of what he means?
HOW TO WRITE A JOURNAL
The three things that you see below were seriously important in terms of developing the skills I needed to continue my journalling experience. The skills of reflective writing, self reflection and free writing taught me to let fear go. Just start with an idea and write as much as you can without critic. No censoring. Thank wikipedia for their help explainations set out below
- What is reflective writing – Reflective writing is the process of writing about what you experience and how you respond to these events
- What is self reflection – Self reflection the capacity of humans to exercise introspection and the willingness to learn more about their fundamental nature, purpose and essence
- What is free writing – Free writing is a prewriting technique in which a person writes continuously for a set period of time without regard to spelling, grammar, or topic
So at this point in the exercise I would like to invite you to write about an event, real or imaginary. Got it? Now personally reflect or think in more depth about the feeling this memory gives you. Your focus should be on trying to determine the meaning in terms of your own life. The following questions may help in terms of your own personal growth;
- What did you think?
- How did you feel?
- What would you do differently?
- What have you learnt?
- What did you notice?
- How will I change because of this?
- How will I do things differently.
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